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Heroes require motivation and what better incentive than epic orchestral music that challenges them, pushes their boundaries and strings their heroic action sequences together seamlessly? Heroic action music is big, bold, epic, powerful, intense and necessary to drive action, create drama, suspense and intrigue.

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Published on: October 28, 2015

MotionWorks, an educational resource for motion graphic designers, has a superior video tutorial on how to recreate the chilling look of Saw 4 using Adobe After Effects and Photoshop. The video is about an hour long, a capture of a live class MotionWorks did that covers everything from sourcing stock images to the use of Photoshop brushes. The result is fantastic, and horrifying.

» Read the entire Adobe After Effects & Photoshop Techniques (Halloween Edition) article

Published on: October 26, 2015

Horror music with an edge driven by special effects, unusual instrumentation or unique compositions is perfect for instilling an enhanced level of fear in your viewers. Move them to the edge of their seats with edgy horror music that’s bold, competitive and fiercely stylistic.

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Published on: October 23, 2015

There’s something sinister about eerie and somber music that sets the heart to pounding as pulsating, dangerous music fills the listener’s ears with ominous, dramatic and haunting music akin to the mythological Sirens’ songs.

» Read the entire Eerie Somber Royalty Free Music article

Published on: October 19, 2015

We’ve already discussed how to make truly realistic blood over at, but it isn’t edible. Videographers who deal with fake blood know how difficult it is to get color and consistency just right, so that it looks real. The great things about the method detailed in this  are that the ingredients are available in any grocery store, and it requires no cooking.

» Read the entire Making Edible Mouth Blood article

Published on: October 16, 2015

Electronic music has come a long way since it was popularized in the 70’s with sounds created with musical instruments and electronic music technology. Polyphonic synthesizers, electronic drums, drum machines and computer technology offered diverse options for composing inimitable tracks. The late 90’s brought affordable music technology to the world and the music scene exploded with contemporary electronic music in many genres from experimental art music to popular electronic dance music as composers attempted to create sensations of flying, dreaming, or being in outer space with ethereal electronic effects.

» Read the entire Energetic Electric Piano Royalty Free Music article

Published on: October 14, 2015

SmartSound Software is proud to introduce a brand new search capability on our site. Over the past several months we have worked hard to create an awesome new search process so you can find music more relevant to your project - far faster

» Read the entire Introducing Our Awesome New Web Search Process article

Published on: October 13, 2015

To celebrate Halloween a lot of people love to put together horror videos. Slasher flicks, atmospheric pieces, supernatural stories – all these and more. SmartSound has a few links to help make the best videos possible.

» Read the entire Making Blood the Chemical Way article

Published on: October 12, 2015

Scary Video Game MusicScary Video Games have powerful, driving, energetic or even quietly suspenseful music that brings animation, characters and scenes to life with thrilling, action-packed music that ups the mystery and suspense factor.

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Published on: October 09, 2015

Bands in stadiums across America frequently feature the opening four notes of The Addams Family theme song with dramatic chords dominated by a harpsichord. Melodramatic finger-snaps, a triangle, wooden block, a slide whistle, a duck call and Lurch’s voice punctuating the lyrics were all used to simulate dramatic horror music back in the ‘60s. Though sports fans have replaced the finger-snaps with shouts of DE-FENSE, the familiar music sets the stage for the intrigue and suspense that follows.


» Read the entire Dramatic Horror Royalty Free Music article

Published on: October 07, 2015

Convey dramatic urgency with Intense News Music that sets your segment ablaze. Intense News Music sets the opening stage to let viewers and listeners know action is on the way. Sports, weather, morning and evening news, corporate communications, product videos, and commercials and documentaries with intense news music are geared to let listener’s known action is on the way.

» Read the entire Intense News Royalty Free Music article

Published on: October 02, 2015

Dreamy Keys
Inspiring Piano Music adds a touch of hope, romance, wonder, intrigue and even danger to musical scores. Inspiring piano music can lift a hero, an Olympian or a cartoon character out of a challenging predicament. Piano music adds a beautiful layer of complexity to any production, whether piano, keys or synth, whether part of a classical orchestra or keys in a rock band—there are so many beautiful forms of background piano music that can be matched with a variety of scenes or projects.

» Read the entire Inspiring Piano Music article

Published on: September 30, 2015

Lyrics add layers of complexity to many scenes and often times edgy vocal music adds the pop that a scene lacks.

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Published on: September 28, 2015

Energetic Instrumentals go beyond featuring guitar, piano, percussion and offer up trumpets, horns, trombones, flute, clarinet, piccolo, oboe, tube and more. The music is vital and sprightly, sometimes funny and comical, but always uplifting with a somewhat spontaneous feeling. Energetic music lends power to scenes; it brings action, hope and drama and it’s fun to listen to!

» Read the entire Energetic Instrumental Royalty Free Music article

Published on: September 25, 2015

Soft Guitar Music
Soft guitar music adds intimacy and serenity to scenes yearning for tranquility. Indulgent, soothing guitars offer the ideal background music for beautiful, calming or relaxing scenes as well as intimate, romantic and meditative scenes. Gentle acoustic guitars, coupled with piano and light percussion deal a sentimental hand to tender scenes. Soft guitar music fills in the dialogue’s blanks with mystical, soothing or spirited tenderness as gentle guitar strings express dramatic and emotional stories.

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Published on: September 23, 2015